Sen. Little seeks to reform Liquor Authority, slash lengthy permit delays

"I've also met with the liquor authority's new chairman, Dennis Rosen, and he is very determined to make the authority work better for small businesses," she said. I'm looking forward to learning the commission's recommendation, but I think we have some good, pragmatic ideas that could help things improve very quickly."

Along with Democratic state Senators Craig Johnson and David Valesky, Little hopes to reintroduce the bill - this time with bipartisan sponsorship, which could significantly improve its chances of adoption. If adopted, the bill would issue a 90-day permit that could be extended an additional 60 days and would allow for immediate revocation if violations were found.

The bipartisan legislation, still in the works, would require 50 percent of Liquor Authority revenue be spent on the agency's ability to regulate and permit state Alcoholic Beverage Control laws.

In fiscal year 2008-2009, the state Liquor Authority generated $54,090,413, while only spending $18,480,000 from this year's state budget.

There are currently over 3,000 applications for liquor licenses - many dating back a full year - waiting for review by the state Liquor Authority.

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